• Y: The Last Man review

    I should have mentioned this last week, but I was insanely busy and didn’t even have time to blog. I recently reviewed the first deluxe edition of the post-apocalyptic comic book series Y: The Last Man, for the UK Feminist web site The F-Word. It’s the inaugural graphic novel review for the web site, and I hope they will feature many more in the future. I cross-post this blog to LiveJournal, and for the past five days that platform was the target of a considerable DoS attack, which meant I couldn’t get any posts on the site. That appears to be resolved now, thank goodness. I’ve been hanging out for…

  • embracing the paradox

    http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf This TED Talk called Reinventing Feminism is by Courtney Martin, feminist, journalist, activist and editor at Feministing.com. It’s a fine overview of feminism in the 21st century and why women should continue to agitate for change despite the times when the issues seem overwhelming. I found it personally inspiring. It reminds me that our moments of despair often contain the seeds of what can save us eventually. If we care deeply about issues it’s inevitable that lack of progress or failure will cast us into a depression. It’s okay to falter because it matters so much. That’s also the best motivation to keep striving for change.

  • irresponsible journalism

    I’m sure most of you have heard that CBS reporter Lara Logan was beaten and sexually assaulted while reporting in Egypt. She is back in America and recovering in hospital. I hope her return to full health is swift. The original CBS report about the crime is short and concise, and absolutely proper for a terrible ordeal suffered by one of its journalists. Today I discovered, via a fantastic summary on author Jim Hines’s blog post, that the LA Weekly journalist Simone Wilson posted a shoddy article about the attack. Not only does Wilson have the statement “brutally and repeatedly raped” in bold, but she consistently places emphasis on Logan’s…